Helena firefighters snuff out attic fire

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A firefighter works an attic fire Thursday at Oakes Street in Helena.

Phil Drake, Independent Record Phil Drake

Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire Thursday afternoon that sent smoke snaking from the roof of a home in a Helena neighborhood.

Helena Assistant Fire Chief Mike Chambers.

Phil Drake, Independent Record

Firefighters received the call at 12:08 p.m., reporting smoke coming from the unoccupied structure at Ninth Avenue and Oakes Street. An off-duty firefighter passing by confirmed the smoke, Helena Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Chambers said.

He said the fire had started on the exterior of the home and worked its way inside to the attic space. The cause had yet to be determined early Thursday afternoon.

“We’re certain of the origin,” Chambers said. “That usually leads to the cause.”

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Chambers said the fire was knocked

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